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Awareness with Wisdom: Insight Meditation Retreat (9 days)
August 1 – 10, 2014 (Friday to Sunday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
All scholarship funds for this retreat have been awarded.
On this silent retreat, suitable for all, we will bring a persevering awareness to the stillness of sitting meditation, as well as to all our general activities. This balance of gentle yet energized attention to the direct experience of the mind and body is a powerful foundation for the gradual development of faith and stability of mind, and for deep insights to arise. These transform our relationship to all life experiences. With practice, even in the midst of our daily activities, we can rest in an enduring sense of wellbeing in every situation.
Traditional teachings and instructions will be offered on mindfulness of mind, body and awareness. This retreat will include a slightly modified schedule from other IMS retreats. The teachers will be assisted by Vance Pryor.
Steve Armstrong, a co-founding teacher at the Vipassana Metta Foundation's dhamma sanctuary on Maui, shares the Buddha's teachings on human development and liberation of mind. Out of compassion for future generations, he plants trees and directs the Burma Schools Project.
Listen to one of Steve's talks: Four Noble Truths given at IMS on August 13, 2009 – 66 minutes, 45.1 MB (Download, Stream)
Deborah Ratner Helzer
Deborah Ratner Helzer has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1995, including a year as a nun in Burma. She has been teaching in the Washington, DC, area and around the country since 2001.
Listen to one of Deborah's talks: Opening the Door to Insight given at IMS on August 4, 2014 – 57 minutes, 39.5 MB (Download, Stream)
Mark Nunberg began his Buddhist practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN in 1993 and continues to serve as the center’s guiding teacher.